WDW: Free Dining vs. Room Only

Photo: Disney Parks Blog
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

In the current offers at Walt Disney World, there are two discounts being presented.  Free Dining and Room-Only discounts are battling it out in the Disney World.  Today, I am giving you a direct comparison using the same resort, same dates, and same inclusions (add-ons for RO).  And, for the sake of comparisons, I used my family as the model.  We are two adults and three kids ages 17, 15, and 13 based on a September reservation.  Here we go!

Looking at Port Orleans- Riverside Garden Room, for 6 nights, 7 days the Room-Only discount cost was $927.20.  To add-on the 7-Day Park Hooper tickets brought the cost up to $3174.82, and the addition of the Disney Plus Dining Plan brings the total to 4994.02.  And, at first glance that doesn’t look to shabby as Disney prices go.

However, in looking at the Free Disney Dining offer, we can see a “small” difference.  The cost of the same Garden Room at Port Orleans – Riverside, including a 7-day Park Hopper Ticket for each person in the party of five, and the Disney Plus Dining Package totaled $3435.62 a Savings of $1558.40 as compared to the Room-Only discount.

My conclusion is, that while the Room-Only offer is a great discount off of the room rates, the use of it may have some limitations.  Those who have Annual Passports, for instance, can take great advantage of this deal as they do not need tickets, and many of them use the Tables In Wonderland card for dining discounts (we’ll discuss that in a future post).  But, the guest who does not have Annual Passports may want to consider using a Free Dining Offer, if they are planning to spend a significant amount of time, or money, on meals!  And, the Dining Plan allows you to select restaurants, or meals, that you would likely skip of you were paying out of pocket.

Remember, this was a package for 2 adults, and three kids.  My family to be exact!  For you, you may need to take a little time to look at both to decide what works best for you!  And, don’t forget, your Disney World Travel Specialist can be a great help in making sure you get the most for your money!  And, two-thirds of us are Disney Addicts and proud of it!  Have a great weekend, my friends! May it be blessed and magical!